Bring "Stop The Bleed" To Bend-La Pine Schools

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Every time I put my daughter on the bus to her kindergarten class at Jewell Elementary, I am also putting my trust in the staff and teachers to protect her as I would. I know they want to. Unfortunately, the Bend-La Pine School District has not given them the tools and knowledge they need.

Following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the American College of Surgeons and representatives of our national security and law enforcement agencies looked for ways to increase survival rates among shooting victims. Out of this was born "Stop The Bleed," a national campaign to teach bystanders how to stop life-threatening bleeding. Its aim is to do for the basic, lifesaving skills of hemorrhage control what the American Heart Association and American Red Cross have done for CPR.

The Bend Fire Department and the St. Charles Trauma Surgery team have generously offered to bring "Stop The Bleed" training to Bend-La Pine schools free of charge, as they have done for staff and students at COCC and OSU-Cascades. Teachers and staff have expressed enthusiasm for it, as have fellow parents. And for a few thousand dollars the district could place bleeding control kits with the AEDs at every school, where all students and staff could easily access them in an emergency. To date, the district has not deployed a kit or scheduled a training.

After another mass shooting in an American school, this time taking 17 lives in Florida's Broward School District, it is time for our school district's leadership to act. Please join me in calling for Bend-La Pine Public Schools to deploy bleeding control kits and teach our educators how to use them.

 



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